Santa Clara County has a proposal for discussion Nov 20 to require permits for large groups of cyclists using county roads.
There's discussion on the "South Bay Cycling" list about this at the moment. From Rich Swent:
"Santa Clara County is proposing to adopt an ordinance requiring an encroachment permit for any "Special Event" that includes more than 50
bicyclists. The proposal will be discussed at the meeting of the Housing Land Use Environment and Transportation (HLUET) committee of the Board of Supervisors at 10:00 AM on November 20. You can view the agenda item here.
"Scroll down to item 12. I took a quick look, and it doesn't look good to me. It says it will apply to "an organized procession of 50 or more bicycles on a County Road...unless the procession will be conducted in accordance with
all requirements of California Vehicle Code Division 11, Chapter 1, Article 4." I think we need to push to remove a lot of the vagueness and to narrow the scope. For instance, specify that it only applies if more than 50 bicyclists would be starting at the same time and traveling in a single group. Also, how do you determine whether the event will take place in
accordance with the CVC? If you have a century where every rider has signed a form agreeing to obey the law, but one rider runs a stop sign, can the organizers be fined for failing to get a permit?
" Please read it for yourself and attend the meeting if you can (not easy). This item will eventually come to the County's BPAC, but it would be good to get comments on the record before that."